Fringe Benefits: Fringe Favorites takes viewers along as we revisit some of Katie’s favorite destinations, and find even more unique and intriguing places to visit on the fringe of U.S. cities.
We begin near Rochester, New York, at Genesee Country Village & Museum, a 19th-century living history museum set on more than 600 pastoral acres. This weekend, Katie is visiting for their annual Agricultural Fair, a fun festival featuring all things fall! There’s even a historic 19th-century base ball game in full swing. We spend time with Katie’s friend Brian Nagel as he teaches us all about brewing beer in the 19th century.
Next up we head back to the Cleveland area, to the wine region near Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. We get a tour of Red Eagle Distillery, and taste the local bourbon and learn about farm distilling.
In Lousiville, we visit Locust Grove, the historic home and farm built by prominent Louisville residents Lucy and Willian Croghan. Lucy’s brother – William Clark – organized his famed expedition to the pacific with Merriweather Lewis not far from here, and Lewis and Clark visited locust grove for a homecoming upon their return. Lucy’s older brother, George Rogers Clark, founded Louisville in 1778 and was the highest ranking American officer in the frontier during the revolutionary war. He spent the last nine years of this life living here at locust grove. Even three presidents visited the home – Monroe, Jackson, and Taylor.
We dig deeper into American history with a visit to Dinosaur State Park, near Hartford, Connecticut. It may be hard to imagine, but some 200 million years ago – when dinosaurs roamed the earth – Connecticut looked much different than it does today, and conditions were just right to preserve a rare collection of footprints. The trackways are housed in a covered museum structure, and the site also hosts a fun exhibit where Katie gets to try her hand at casting a dino print!
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